At Minstead Trust we nurture the unique potential of people with learning disabilities.

We support them to achieve greater independence and live happier and healthier lives.

This can be through support to live in their own homes, learning new skills at day opportunities or receiving work training to move towards employment.

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A quick break in the downpours gave the garden gan A quick break in the downpours gave the garden gang a chance to nip outside for a cuttings crash course. Caitlin said "I've never taken a cutting before"
And Sean said "this was good"

The veg garden is looking fabulous at the moment with the vegetables starting to be harvested.
It's Learning Disability Week 2022! All this week It's Learning Disability Week 2022!

All this week we will be bringing stories from the people we support about what it's like to live with a learning disability. We also want to show how people with a learning disability are reconnecting with friends and their communities after Covid. 

Want to start by finding out more about the week and how you can get involved? Head to @Mencap

#LDWeek22
Who else wants to jump in a paddling pool right no Who else wants to jump in a paddling pool right now? 🥵

Reminiscing about this gorgeous @Petsastherapy_uk dog, who has been an amazing therapy tool for the people we support 😍 

#petsastherapy #learningdisabilities #therapypets #therapydogs
Tomorrow our new friendship group for adults with Tomorrow our new friendship group for adults with learning disabilities starts at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, we would love to see you there!

#HangerFarmArtsCentre #FriendshipGroup #MeetNewPeople #Totton #GroupsInTotton #Friendship #NewGroup
A lovely meal prepared with Jo the volunteer and h A lovely meal prepared with Jo the volunteer and her cooking team ,a picnic cream tea! The flowers and lettuce came straight from the veg garden .🌼🥗

Minstead Stories

Be inspired by the stories of some of the people we support

'I found lockdown really stressful, couldn't get out and about as I can't walk far with my disability.

'I really missed going to Minstead. I was over the moon when I could come back!

'I come here because I enjoy it and I meet a lot of people - new people.

'I'm outgoing and I like doing arts and crafts, a bit of sewing now and again when I can with my arthritis.

'It makes me feel happy to come here - really happy!'

'I’ve found it very challenging with the coronavirus.

'I felt sad during lockdown initially. I couldn’t go out for lunch at the weekend, I couldn’t see my friends and family.

'I was sad not to have Easter with my family at home. I’ve been feeling anxious and sad about it all.

'I have found my time at Furzey therapeutic. I like potting, pricking out and collecting and sowing the seeds.'

It has been a brilliant year, working in the gardens.

I enjoyed cutting the pumpkins for harvest.

I have started work at Paulton’s Park in the restaurant, it’s going really brilliant. I do it Friday and Sunday and we are seeing how it goes to see if I will do more days. It is my very first paid job.

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